A merry and blessed Christmas to all of you as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Christmas is a time to celebrate, and I am grateful that you have chosen to celebrate with us this Christmas, as we hear again that God has entered into this world, and into our lives in a new way.
God has always been there, but with Jesus’, it is no longer a mystery! We celebrate Christmas because:
Suddenly God is tangible
Suddenly God is accessible
Suddenly God is vulnerable
Suddenly God is wrapped in the skin of a newborn
Suddenly God shares our life and our space, our joys and our sorrows.
Suddenly God is more fully present among us.
Suddenly God cries with our tears and giggles with our joys.
Suddenly God has entered into this world and into our lives in a new way.
God in Jesus Christ is now present, here and now, in every moment of every day of every life. Not because we deserve it, but because God so loves the world that He longs to dwell among us.
And so Christmas invites us to celebrate with wide-eyed wonder, and discover the subtle and sometimes not-so-subtle ways in which God is present among us.
I pray that you have a safe and blessed Christmas,
celebrating the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Pastor Ben Hentschke